Trenton Woman Loans $14,800 to Online Friend, Files Police Report

The following information was supplied by the Trenton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A 56-year-old woman made a fraud complaint to Trenton police after she loaned over $14,800 to a man she met online at about 1 p.m. Nov. 17.

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The woman told police she met a person who she believed to be a 50-year-old man on an online dating website called DateHookup.com.

After speaking to the man many times on the phone since September, the woman said he told her he had an oil rig and was getting some new contracts, but needed to pay $7,000 to get the contract and he couldn't get any of his money because he was on a ship, according to a Trenton police report.

The woman said she sent a MoneyGram to Nigeria for $7,000 and continued to send 14 additional MoneyGrams to two separate presumed business partners.

The woman told police she had no idea it was a scam and wishes to prosecute the individuals.

Contact editor Nate Stemen natestemen@patch.com for questions on police reports.

JC November 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
This is the kind of story I don't feel sorry about. How can anyone be so naive? These kinds of scams have been going around for at least 20 or 30 years and you'd think everyone would know about them by now. Goodbye $14,000!
Lindsey Hale November 25, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Sad she fell for it. I get emails like this all the time that they will pay me if I help them first. I cant believe people actually do it.
Ron November 25, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Wish I was her friend....


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